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Old 12-13-2011, 12:17 AM
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Default Re: Worldwise: Protests in Russia (Robert Wright & Alexey Sidorenko)

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Originally Posted by miceelf View Post
Pessimistically, probably just Putin. But at this point, I'll take it. It's a start.
I agree. I think that without the resource boom, Putin's antics probably come off as "jumping the shark" politics.

A new man might give the "Putinist" political approach a lot more credibility. That could be dangerous in the long run. The possible upside is that there is no one who could consolidate power the way he has, and so you could see "United Russia" as more of a real political party, with factions checking "strong men" opponents.
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